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Bill A.

02-22-2005 05:40:34




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What size bottom plow (moldboard plow) would be right for a 4020 diesel? Also, how much weight should be added to the front to be able to plow at the proper speed?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.




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another doug

02-25-2005 03:13:58




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to Bill A., 02-22-2005 05:40:34  
Our 4020 tractors pull 5-16" plows....model F145H , semi mounted the two lift arms of the three point hitch raise the front of the plow, it has a tail wheel, rear of plow is raised by the hydraulic remote cylinder.I'm in Indiana too, some tough plowing, even though I've tried 5th gear too once in awhile, at times we have had to go to third, and the front end of a 4020 will rare up, weight helps, but the 4430 with a 6-16" has never done a wheelie and is very user friendly for plowing...but you gotta use what you got, right? You might want to try a couple of different ones that you can find and sell if it doesn't do what you want it to...doug

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Indydirtfarmer

02-22-2005 13:02:42




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to Bill A., 02-22-2005 05:40:34  
I've still got dads old 4020D. 1972, with powershift, wide front, and 18.4x38's. We pulled 5x16"s at about 8" to 9" deep. That's in southern Indiana clay. 4th gear MOST of the time. (Although one time I tried 5th. 'bout overheated the old girl too) It's packin' a loader these days, but back when it was the "main tractor", it had the base weights, and 3 slab weights on the front, with 2 wheel weights and fluid on/in each rear wheel. Pulled that plow like it was meant to....

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Bill A.

02-22-2005 13:07:49




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 02-22-2005 13:02:42  
I'm in central SC and my land is not heavy but not sandy either. The 5x16's you mentioned were they a 3-pt hitch mount? If so, do you have a hard time keeping the front end planted?

I have heard others mention of a semi-mount and I am not sure how those are actually attached to the tractor.?. Are they "pulled" from the drawbar?



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Indydirtfarmer

02-22-2005 13:52:57




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to Bill A., 02-22-2005 13:07:49  
Those were semi-mounted plows. They use the bottom draft links of the 3 point hitch to support the front of the plow, and a trailer wheel/hydraulic cylinder to raise/lower/support the rear wheel.



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RickL

02-22-2005 06:32:44




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to Bill A., 02-22-2005 05:40:34  
I have a very nice JD pulltype plow always been shedded if that would help 4btm



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paul

02-22-2005 11:15:58




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to RickL, 02-22-2005 06:32:44  
Can you get anything for them any more? Sell for scrap iron just north of you across the boarder, $150 is real good money for a trailer or older (low clearance) 4 bottom semi-mount around here. The 2 or 3 bottoms can bring good money yet.

I would put a 4-16 on a 4020 in my soils. I got heavy hard-plowing stuff. A 4-18 or 5-16 would likely work on lighter soils.

--->Paul



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RickL

02-22-2005 13:32:32




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to paul, 02-22-2005 11:15:58  
values are all in the right customers wanting it. small pulltypes 300.00 and up. this unit will go for 650.00 or better. The semi mounts are somewhat cheaper. values are still who wants it in my area fellow from state of Georgia last weekend pickup stuff, will be return customer later this summer. you just never know, ps for me the JD stuff seems to be the cheapest also



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thurlow

02-22-2005 06:22:21




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 Re: JD 4020 Plow Size in reply to Bill A., 02-22-2005 05:40:34  
Well, it all depends..... ..what's your soil type? what kind of shape is your tractor in? how wide are the bottoms on your (projected) plow? how hard do you intend to work your tractor.....it's between 33 and 40 years old. When we used to plow and the 4020s were new, we had two JD F145H semi-mounted plows with 14 inch bottoms; a five bottom and a six bottom; the 4020s handled them very well in 4th gear plowing 7 or 8 inches deep. If you search the archives, you'll see that many folks considered the 4020 to be a 4-plow.....or even 3-plow tractor. Never used..... ..or needed..... front weights; with a 3-point hitch plow, you might need some additional weight. It all depends..... ..

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